The defending champions Australia have so far played like a potential champion in this ICC World Cup 2019 barring the game against India. They will aim to keep their winning streak going when they take on the host England, fresh from a defeat against Sri Lanka, in a high-voltage game on June 25 (Tuesday) at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.
Australia-England clash in a high-voltage game
Australia’s batting order has been of top-class with both the openers – David Warner and Aaron Finch among the highest run-getters of the tournament. The middle-order comprising of Steven Smith and Glenn Maxwell have also been in good form which have bolster their batting unit. Besides, the pace bowling duo of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins have also been on the money backing their batters to the best possible way.
As a result, the Aussies are likely to retain the same XI they fielded against Bangladesh for the all-important clash against England
Here is the predicted playing XI of Australia for match 32 of the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 against England at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London:
Aaron Finch has been in form for Australia and had led the side from the front. The swashbuckling opener will have to play a big knock against England to outplay the top-ranked ODI side.
David Warner has been the highest run-scorer of the tournament and had led the batting of the Aussies. The southpaw has looked in magical touch and if he settles down the hosts will have a really tough time at Lords.
Usman Khawaja has hit the strides in the last game against Bangladesh after a poor start to the World Cup. The southpaw will hope to keep up his form as Australia look to complete revenge for their series loss against England last year.
The former Australian skipper has made a solid comeback with useful contributions in the middle order. Smith has led the batting from the front if they have lost early wickets and rotated the strike to help the batters to follow, unleash a carnage in the final overs.
Glenn Maxwell has made useful contributions with the bat playing some quickfire knocks. Australia will want Maxwell to chip in with the ball as well in the middle overs to keep the scoreboard under control.
Marcus Stoinis suffered a side strain; however, he has recovered and has returned to the playing XI. The all-rounder is yet to showcase his talent in the World Cup, and the England match will be the perfect platform to bring out the best.
Alex Carey has been brilliant behind the stumps, but the runs have dried up barring the game against India. Besides, he has had only limited opportunities with the bat and will want to contribute if any opportunities come his way.
Nathan Coulter-Nile has been very mild with the ball and needs to raise his game against tough opponents like England who can hurt if given a single chance. The veteran cricketer will aim to put his A game forward to beat England to keep their winning streak going. Moreover, Coulter-Nile can also chip in with the bat, which will add value to the Australia side.
Pat Cummins has done an excellent job with the ball and will only aim to continue doing the job he has been doing. His partnership with Mitchell Starc has been a crucial factor for Australia in this World Cup.
Mitchell Starc has been one of the leading wicket-takers in this World Cup and has bowled with good pace and zeal. Starc will want to be at his best against arch-rivals England to almost take his team to the semifinals of the World Cup.
Adam Zampa has not been among the wickets which is a sign of worry for the defending champions, Australia. Zampa needs to focus on his basics and concentrate on doing his job as the Aussies will want him to be at his best.